Police Department

How do I obtain a dog license?
Dog license fees are due by January 2nd.  Dog licenses can be obtained at City Hall, at the Animal Shelter, or through the mail. After February 28th, a late fee will be charged and dog licenses must be obtained by mail or at the Animal Shelter located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.  For a printable copy of the Dog License Application, click here.

20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach
CA 92651

Phone: (949) 497-3552

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Are dogs allowed on the beach?

  • From June 15th through September 10th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., dogs are not allowed on any beach.  Before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. dogs are allowed on the beach but must be on a leash.
  • From September 11th through June 14th, dogs are allowed on the beach but must be on a leash. 
  • The above rules apply to both the city and county beaches in the City of Laguna Beach, except for Thousand Steps Beach where dogs are not allowed at any time of the year.

Can I receive City traffic alerts by text message and/or by email?
Free traffic alerts about City road closures and substantial delays are available by email or text message, 24 hours a day. Click here to subscribe: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/portal/default.asp

How many personnel do you have?
The Laguna Beach Police Department has eighty-nine full-time employees which include forty-five sworn officers..

I lost my speeding ticket, can I get a copy of it?
If you received a ticket for any violation in the City of Laguna Beach, you may obtain a copy at the records department.

I received a parking citation and have questions about it. What do I do?
If you would like to pay the citation or locate information about the citation online, click here. The first thing you should do is carefully read the citation. Almost all of your questions can be answered on the citation. There is the address to send in payments, or to write a letter to contest the citation. There is a phone number to call if you need to speak with somebody about the citation, and there is also a website listed on the citation for further information. Please be aware that you only have 21 days to either pay the citation or contest it. You may pay a ticket at the front counter of the police station, or you may pay via the web, or send in payment with the envelope provided. To contest a citation, you merely need to send in a complaint letter with the citation to the address listed on the ticket. Once again, carefully read the citation. Almost every question is usually answered on the front or back of the citation.

If the Police Department is holding personal property of mine, when can I reclaim it?
Property is released every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm or by previously scheduled appointments. Proper ID is required.

What are the hours during the day in which construction can be performed?
The City of Laguna Beach permits construction between the hours of 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Construction work can be done on a Saturday with a special permit for emergency work. No construction is allowed on Sunday.

What are the hours of operation for the Police Department front counter?
The front counter at the Police Department is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm seven days a week. If you need to file a report after hours, or you have an emergency to report, press the call button at the front door and you will immediately be in contact with the Records Desk or Dispatch.

What are the names of the towing agencies the Police Department uses?
The Laguna Beach Police Department currently uses the services of Tow and Mo at (949) 448-7800, Pacific Coast Towing (also a AAA tow service) at (949) 376-2685, and Laguna Tow (949) 494-3000.

What can I do about a neighbor's dog that continually barks?
For habitual problems with barking dogs, call the Police Department Animal Services Unit at 497-3552. They will give the owner information on how to keep the dog quiet. Should the problem continue, the animal services officer will give the dogs owner a citation. The Animal Services Team also services the City of Laguna Woods and offers the same services to its residents during business hours.

What days do you provide fingerprinting? Do I have to be a resident of Laguna Beach?
Fingerprinting is done on weekdays by appointment only, for persons living or working in the City of Laguna Beach. The cost is $15.00 and the fingerprint cards are supplied. Livescan fingerprinting can be done if certain billing requirements have been met prior to the fingerprinting date.  Please call 949-497-0396 to schedule an appointment.

What is the address of the Laguna Beach Police Department?
We are located at 505 Forest Avenue. However, our entrance is around the corner on Loma Terrace. Go to the corner of Forest Avenue and Loma Terrace and walk past the Fire Station. Click here for a map and information on how to find us.

What is the Chief's name?
The Chief is Laura Farinella.

What is the cost for copies of reports and what is the waiting period?
Copies of reports are $10.00. The approximate waiting period is up to ten days from the time you met with the officer. Copies of the report may be obtained over the front counter of the Police Department.

What is the procedure for recruitment?
Recruitment information is available on the city website or by contacting the personnel department at (949) 497-0312. The police department training and recruiting officer can be reached at (949) 497-0374.

What phone number do I call for non-emergency questions?
You may call the Laguna Beach Police Department at 497-0701 for non-emergency questions.

What time do the beaches close?

  • All city beaches are closed between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., except for wet sand activities and taking a direct route to and from those wet sand activities. "Wet sand" means that portion of the beach that is wet as a result of the wash of the waves or tidal action.
  • All South Laguna beaches close at 10:00 p.m. 
  • Crescent Bay Point Park is closed between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m.

Where can I get a parking permit?
There are three different parking permits: Residential, Shopper and Business permits. Each vary in price and can be purchased at City Hall from the cashier. The usual renewal time is June 30th of each year unless you have a two year permit. Only Diamond/Crestview preferential parking permits can be purchased at the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Where can I register my bicycle?
A bicycle may be registered at the National Bike Registry online at http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/

Who is in charge of Parking and Traffic?

  • Lieutenant Joe Torres supervises the Traffic division and can be reached by dialing (949) 497-0701 extension 330
  • Civilian Supervisor Jim Beres supervises Parking Services and can be reached by calling (949) 464-6669
  • If you have a request for new signage, stop signs, or any other traffic or parking issue, you can send your written request to the Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee, Attention Liz Avila, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651